Still reeling from the success of the film adaptation of The Fault in Our Stars, John Green proudly announced that the same production team is bringing another one of his stories to life. Set to hit theaters on July 24 of this year, Paper Towns stars Nat Wolff and Cara Delevingne as Quentin Jacobsen and Margo Roth Spiegelman.
Paper Towns follows the story of Quentin as he attempts to unravel the mystery that is Margo Roth Spiegelman. Quentin has spent most of his life being in love with Margo, the enigmatic girl-next-door. So when she summons him for a night of adventure, he thinks that his life is about to change. It does change, when he learns that Margo has disappeared without a trace. But when he stumbles upon one cryptic clue after another that Margo seemingly left for him, he takes it upon himself to find her with a little help from his friends. What follows is an exhilarating journey towards self-discovery, all tied up with silly antics and philosophical musings rolled up inside a car ride that seems to go on forever.
John Green is known for his coming-of-age novels that showcase the core experiences of teenagers while seeking answers for the big questions about life. He is lauded for his ability to write from the perspective of a young person. It is also a testament to his talent that he manages to articulate the motions and emotions associated with growing up, falling in love for the first time, losing a loved one, or seeking solace from nerdy pursuits.
Paper Towns is admirable for its wildly disparate cast of characters, the deconstruction of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl trope, and a literary rumination on the inevitable search for meaning. It is clever and rollicking good fun, which hopefully would translate well into the film adaptation.